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Tuesday, Nov. 16
Women On Beacon Hill

Following November's midterm elections, women will occupy fewer seats at the legislative table in January than at any time since 1998. As it is, the numbers of women legislators in Massachusetts have hovered around 25% for years, and the legislature has seen no sweeping gains in over a decade. Today, we ask whether this is indicative of a larger trend in local or national politics, and what it will take to start to bring more female lawmakers to Beacon Hill. We'll talk with the most senior woman in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Rep. Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset), who led a bus tour this fall to lend support female candidates in Massachusetts. We're also joined by Carol Hardy-Fanta, Director of the Center and graduate program for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston.
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

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